Two men arrested after Norwalk cops called to investigate suspicious persons complaint

Cary Ashby • Sep 3, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Two male suspects were arrested during the investigation of a suspicious person complaint. Also charged was one of the men's girlfriends, who is accused of giving police a bogus name and birth date.

A concerned citizen called the Norwalk Police Department at 3:51 p.m. Thursday to report seeing two men walking between the houses near 9 Maple St. The caller accused the two suspects of looking into parked vehicles.

"A citizen was concerned they were stealing out of cars (and) up to no good," Capt. Mike Conney said.

The caller reported the suspects were wearing all black clothes, he said, but one man was wearing white tennis shoes.

Officer Brian Lanjahr arrived at the scene two minutes after the call came in and took two male suspects into custody.

Steven A. Hite, 21, of Vermilion, was arrested on a felony-related probation violation warrant through Erie County Common Pleas Court. Conney said the officer found some stolen property in Hite's pants pocket, which included $7.50 in loose change and a cell phone stolen from an Oak Street resident.

Hite was released to an Erie County sheriff's deputy and transported to the Erie County Jail, where he remained in custody as of Monday afternoon.

James A. Martin, 20, of 80 Benedict Ave., was charged with criminal trespassing. He was transported to the Huron County Jail, where he later posted bond.

"It was Martin who was wearing the white shoes," Conney said.

The suspects gave "conflicting stories" when they were separated and interviewed, Conney said.

"That's all I'm at liberty to say about that," he added.

"Officers went to (Martin's) residence and his girlfriend answered the door," Conney said. "She gave a false name and a false birthday. She allowed them to search the residence for stolen property."

Police entered the basement area. Conney said the officers found items in the crawl space that appeared to be stolen because none of them were covered in dust.

Under a bed, officers also found an ID card that belonged to Martin's girlfriend, said Conney, who noted the name wasn't the same one she earlier gave to police.

Elizabeth A. Johnson, 29, also of 80 Benedict Ave., was arrested on a Lorain County felony warrant. Police said the original charge was possession of dangerous drugs.

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